Body of woman who drowned at Thomson Falls found

Rescue team from Laikipia County search for the woman’s body after drowned at Thomson Falls in Nyahururu on July 27, 2020. PHOTO | JOSEPH KURIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Jemima Oresha was standing on a stone next to River Ewaso Narok at the bottom of the falls when she slipped and fell into it.
  • Her body was spotted by villagers about five kilometres from the falls. 

The body of a woman who drowned in the Thomson Falls in Nyahururu town while taking pictures last week has been found.

Jemima Oresha’s body was retrieved on Wednesday evening by villagers.

Oresha, 39, was standing on a stone next to River Ewaso Narok at the bottom of the falls when she slipped and fell into it. Her brother Zablon Mungafu was taking a picture of her at the time.

Nyahururu Sub-county deputy county commissioner Patrick Muli said Oresha’s body was spotted by residents downstream the river some five kilometres from the falls.

“The body was spotted by villagers in Rwathia on the banks of the river.

“The residents informed police and the body was retrieved,” said Mr Muli.

He said that a team comprising KWS officers, police, county emergency team and Red Cross officials has been searching the gorge along the river, covering up to over 10 kilometres in search of the body.

“The terrain has been a major challenge for the search team as no one could dive into the river because of strong currents and unclear water,” said Mr Muli.

The DCC appealed to residents to be cautious while at the site and also while crossing other swollen rivers in the region.

“The falls and our rivers are currently swollen due to the heavy rains that are pounding the area,” he said.

The victim had travelled to Nyahururu from Kitale in Trans-Nzoia County to visit some of her relatives who live in the area and decided to see the famous tourist attraction site before traveling back home.

Her relatives had been camping at the area since the search for her body started.

“It was our wish for her body to be found and be buried where we would see the grave. We thank God that our prayers have been answered, now our hearts are at peace,” said the victim's brother Mung’afu.

The body was taken to Nyahururu County Referral Hospital mortuary.